In the past, Alex Ovechkin has received criticism for his perceived physical fitness and body weight. Those days are now in the past.
Last September, the Capitals captain arrived at training camp a trim 239 pounds. A month later, the rejuvenated Russian machine opened the season with two consecutive hat tricks. He finished the year with a Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe, and the Rocket Richard trophy for the seventh time.
This season, according to the new team roster, Ovechkin weighs four pounds less than last year.
Players and management mentioned how refreshed Ovechkin looked — even after a summer during which the entire team was supposedly partying the whole time.